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Friday’s Change Reflection Quote - Leadership of Change® - Change Success = Adversity & Resilience

Anne Frank’s Diaries

"Implementing organisational change is a complex journey filled with adversity and demands unwavering leadership resilience to achieve success"

👏 Happy Friday!

On this day, August 4, 1944, Anne Frank was arrested with her family in the “secret annex” of a house in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where they had hidden for two years. Aged 13, German-born Dutch Jewish national Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in Amsterdam on Monday, July 6, 1942, to escape persecution under Nazi occupation. During their time in hiding, Anne Frank kept a diary, which later became famous as “The Diary of a Young Girl.” The diary provided a poignant account of her experiences and thoughts while living in confinement. Tragically, after their arrest, they were deported to concentration camps. In March 1945, a typhus epidemic spread through the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and killed approximately 17,000 prisoners. Anne is thought to have died a few days later, aged 15. The camp was liberated weeks later, in mid-April, by British troops. Anne Frank’s diary remains a significant historical document and a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and the importance of tolerance and understanding.

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✅ Anne Frank’s diary illustrates how leadership qualities can emerge even in the most challenging of circumstances. She wrote, “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquillity will return once more.” Anne Frank’s diaries transcend time, imparting invaluable leadership lessons. They illuminate the path of resilience and courage in the face of adversity. In this era of profound change and revolutionary technological advancements, organisations and their leaders inevitably confront a multitude of adversities. Navigating these challenges demands a high degree of resilience from change leaders, essential for not only survival but also sustainable success. Change Success Encompasses Adversity and Resilience.

"Implementing organisational change is a complex journey filled with adversity and demands unwavering leadership resilience to achieve success"

👉 When undergoing organisational change, numerous challenges and barriers arise that can impede successful implementation. Some specific challenges throughout the change process include:

• Too Many Change Initiatives: Not enough capacity to deliver ongoing and new change programmes.

• Inactive or Invisible Sponsorship: Lack of visible support usually leads to change failure.

• Poor Previous Change History: This increases the likelihood of repeating past mistakes.

Have a fantastic weekend with the ones you love and care for, enjoy some fresh air, exercise, eat, drink and be happy.


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